Good News on Little Bit ND17 and brief news in Bird World

Sunday 3 July 2022

Camaro with hay bale” by La Chachalaca Fotografía is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Do you live in an area where farmer’s are baling hay or straw? and using baling twine? It was baling twine mixed in with some other nesting materials that caught on the male Ospreys talon at Osoyoos and pulled the chick off to fall to its death. Dr Erick Greene at the Montana Osprey Project finds literally tonnes of baling twine in the Osprey nests he studies. He also finds dead chicks and others nearly dead and tangled. If you live in a farming area help our Ospreys by spreading the word. Here is an information pamphlet that Dr Greene prepared – it is quick and to the point.

It is surprising that the nest at ND-LEEF is still holding. It looks like bits and pieces of it are falling away each day. Mum and Dad are still bringing fish to the nest for ND15 and 16.

15 was on the nest when the adult arrives with a nice fish. Soon 16 arrives.

I believe 15 kept the fish!

There is an update today on ND17 – and it is a good one. There is that sweet baby. It appears that individuals have been showing up at the clinic wanting to see 17. Please do not go there. The clinic staff has addressed this issue in their posting. ND17 is doing great and it is the clinic’s business to help him so that he can be returned to the wild. Everyone who works at a rehabilitation clinic is overworked and underpaid – it is a very sad situation in many instances where they do not get celebrity birds and good donations. Send them a thank you letter! Tell them you don’t expect a reply. Make a donation! Give to your local rehabber — I keep saying clean old towels but gosh, they are much needed. Give the towel a second life, too.

Isn’t he adorable?

Problems with nests and falling out of nests happens everywhere. It has been awhile since I checked on the two White-tail Eaglets in their nest in the Tucholskie Forest in Poland. Last time I remained somewhat cautious about the second chick surviving. Their names are Uno and Duo. (The third chick was a victim of siblicide). Uno fell off the nest and spent 4 days on the forest floor. He must have glided – as he flew back up to the nest. There are now some concerns that Duo has not been fed since 1 July and Uno is taking all the prey. They are big eaglets – just beautiful. Both will hopefully survive.

Sleeping and waiting for food.

Last year, Karl II and Kaia had three storklets. One of those Pikne who stayed with Karl II for a long time having him bring her food before fledging. She hatched on the 28th of May and fledged 4 August. She has a perfect flight to Ethiopia where she arrives on October 24, 2021. Pikne stayed in Africa and set off for her return flight to Estonia. She was in Israel on 1 June 2022 and everyone was so happy to see her transmitter working. Sadly, on 6 June, she on a power line and was killed in the middle of nowhere in Turkey. Such promise. A day does not go by without adding another one to ‘the list’.

Pikne is the storklet getting ready to stand up at the front.

As ‘S’ reminded me last year, countries can make laws that power companies must make their poles safe for wildlife but the companies must follow through in a timely manner. Last fall we lost Solly in South Australia and the individuals that make up Port Lincoln Osprey were on a mission to get the government to fix the power poles. Must check with them to see how they are doing. It is, sadly, a worldwide issue for our beautiful raptors and storks. In Pikne’s case, it is thought that she was tired and landed to rest as there was no place to feed near that pole — so it is not just poles near feeding areas but all poles that should have a protective cover.

This is the nest of Karl and Kaia this morning. Bonus made no reaction to Karl II which means that he has accepted him as his father, the male on the nest and is home with the three siblings. This is such good news for the success of the intervention by Urmas and Dr Madis V. Actually it is fantastic news.

What can you do to help so that our beautiful birds are not electrocuted? Here is a story of a Bald Eagle and an individual who got their power company to retrofit the power lines – 12 of them – in their neighbourhood. Remember! Each of us can make a difference by seeking solutions for the birds that live where we do.

Most everyone is following the story of Malala, the Red-tail hawklet meant for dinner but adopted by the Gabriola Island Bald Eagle family. This article covers this adventure from the beginning to the present. It is a really good read.

Every once in awhile I feel compelled to give a shout out to the New Zealand government and specifically their Department of Conservation (NZ DOC). I wonder how many of my readers follow the exploits of the Royal Cam chick on Taiaroa Head? There she is – QT (Quarry Track) chick doing her morning stretches. What a beauty.

This year has seen at least 10 supplementary feedings for QT and a few of the other chicks on the peninsula. Her parents are YRK and OGK. Just like Janika could not provide enough food for her storklets alone, neither can YRK. There is little talk on the Royal Cam FB group but the much beloved OGK was last seen on the 19th of May. Some believe he came in on June 10 but that is not confirmed and many believe it was not him but, rather, YRK. OGK doesn’t choose to not return to feed his chicks. He is one of the most devoted Royal Albatross I have ever seen. He is either injured or dead. Two years ago OGK suffered a leg injury and returned limping after 40 days. If the 19 of May date is correct – he is missing for 46 days now. Send all good wishes his way, please.

US Steel Eagle 4 (USS4) is in care from tumbling out of the tree with severe feather injuries but USS5 is doing great – learning how to fly and returning to the nest for prey from the parents. Congratulations 5 – you are doing very well, indeed.

‘H’ reports that Dory has really mastered the art of feeding her three osplets on the Boathouse Osprey nest – making sure that each and everyone has bites. Dory purposefully gave Little Bob several nice mouth fulls this morning. Fantastic. Thank you ‘H’.

Dad was in early with fish for Mum and the two osplets on the Osoyoos Osprey Platform. It was 0554. Fingers crossed!

That is a brief look at some of the news today. Everyone seems to be doing well.

It is not a good image – taken with my phone at a distance. But this is the tiny rabbit that comes to the garden now grown – 4x his size. Grass and birdseed!

In celebration of ND17s progress, I am sending each of you a virtual piece of that Yokohama Orange cake…Sorry to all food designers. Fall plate and spring flowers! But delicious cake…it was worth all the effort.

Thank you for joining me today. Take care everyone. See you soon!

Thank you to the following for their streaming cams and/or FB postings where I took my screen captures: Humane Wildlife Indiana, The Eagle Club of Estonia, Bieliki Online Bory Tucholskie, NZ DOC, ND-LEEF, Explore and Audubon, Pix Cams, Osoyoos Osprey Cam, and GROWLS.


  1. Linda Kontol says:

    First of all thanks Mary Ann for the orange cake! It really looks delicious! And it’s so good to see your little garden bunny again!
    So glad all are doing well at these nests. So happy to see DN17 doing good❤️🙏
    Glad to see the storklet Bonus is doing good at the nest of Karl 11. I have seen at least 2 post of a white stork intruder who has gone and killed all the white storklets for no reason known in some foreign nests. 😢 I couldn’t finish watching it though because it was horrible and I don’t know where the parents were. I’m sure they were torn apart when they returned to their nests and found their storklets had been attacked and killed by an intruder.
    I send prayers to all of the stork nests that this intruder stork is stopped somehow and don’t get to attack anymore. 🙏🙏🙏🙏
    Thank you for the bailing twine article.
    Prayers for OGK as he has not been seen in so long. I remember that happening to his leg last season and a lot of followers are concerned and praying to see him soon. Your right he would always be there for QT aid he could! YRK is doing what she can but supplements are still needed. 🙏❤️
    The little hawklet in the eagle nest is really growing up fast. Her and the young eaglet are very good friends. It’s an amazing thing ! Prayers for a successful season for the hawklet and the young eaglet. 🙏❤️ Prayers for all the nests to have a good season and successful fledges. 🙏
    Thanks Mary Ann and have a great Sunday afternoon!

    1. Hi Linda, I have a real fear for OGK and for the male last year – YRK?? It would be wonderful to see him come flying in…Yes, the Black Storks are doing well but there is so much sadness this year. I keep hoping it will stop.

      1. Linda Kontol says:

        Me too Mary Ann! Prayers for them all that are missing and injured. I also miss watching the famous couple that I never hear anything about anymore. I wonder if they are still living and having storklets. Klepetan and Melania were their names.

  2. Akane says:

    Thank you for all the information!
    I am glad to hear that 17 looks well. May all nests be free of misfortune.
    It gave me a chance to investigate what is going on with electric wires in Japan.
    “Birds of prey have the habit of perching on high places with a good view and will use tall trees as well as man-made structures such as streetlights and utility poles as perches. When raptors perch on utility poles or pylons, or when they are about to take off from a perch, they are electrocuted when their wings or other body parts come in contact with parts of the body that conduct electricity.
    In Hokkaido, accidents involving electrocution of Blakiston’s fish owls, hawk eagles, white-tailed eagles, and Steller’s sea eagles have occurred to date. Electrocuted birds of prey may show severe burns and blackened feathers. Red spots called electric current spots may also be seen on the skin where the electric current was applied.
    To prevent electric shock accidents, electric power companies install insulators on current-carrying parts and devices to prevent birds of prey from perching on utility poles. They also install safe perches on top of utility poles to prevent electrocution. The Institute for Birds of Prey Medicine is working to prevent electric shock accidents by analyzing electric shock accidents and consulting with electric power companies and other parties in order to develop more effective countermeasures in areas where electric shock accidents have occurred or are likely to occur.”
    The report was in Hokkaido, but I learned a lot. I really appreciate Mary Ann’s help.
    Thank you for showing us your cake 😊. Looks delicious! It should be absolutely delicious!

    1. Dear Akane, The cake was very good. Not as good as the one in Yokohama but good! I wish I could have given everyone a real piece to try. I am so happy that you checked out what was happening in Japan with the electrical poles. I hope you do not mind my reporting it today. The work of the Institute for Birds of Prey Medicine is very interesting to me because they are trying to find ways to avoid the problem of harming the birds – that is a real plus. I wonder if Hokkaido has more birds of prey than the other islands??? I must try and check this. Thank you so much. I learn so much from everyone!

      1. Akane says:

        Thank you for your reply.
        Of course! I hope you got the message from my poor English.
        Large raptors are mostly in and around Hokkaido. Ospreys are everywhere, even in Tokyo Bay! If you don’t live by the sea, though, sadly, it is not easy to see them.
        I learn from this blog every day. So do the telephone poles and the fireworks. I really appreciate it, thank you 😊.

      2. Your English is excellent, Akane. And I am so glad you are learning something – I learn from all of you all the time. Oh, it would be wonderful to see those Ospreys in Tokyo Bay. I think that they might stay the winter. Is that correct?

    2. Akane says:

      I am glad to hear you say so. But I still think it is strange English.
      Yes, I often see them in Tokyo Bay around December! They are often in Hokkaido in the summer.
      I have heard that ospreys living in Japan are not migratory birds.I do not know if it is correct.I’m planning to go back in the winter to take pictures 😊.

      1. I think you are right, Akane. If the water is not frozen and there is plenty of fish why would they go south? and where would they go? I wonder how many there are???? Must start doing some investigating on my part.

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